HOLLY LEA/217 ROCHDALE ROAD HIGH CROMPTON – road closed 2 August 7-9pm



The Oldham Borough Council hereby gives Notice that no person shall cause any vehicle to proceed in that part of Holly Lea/217 Rochdale Road High Crompton Shaw – 60 metres west of New Barn Street for 25 metres westerly

The restrictions are required to facilitate manhole works and will be in force on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 from 7pm to 9pm or until the works are completed whichever is the lesser period

The alternative route for Vehicles affected by the restriction shall be via Rochdale Road High Crompton/Thornham Road/Fir Lane/Dogford Road/Rochdale Road Royton/Oldham Road/Rochdale Road /Shaw Road/Manchester Road/Crompton Way/Rochdale Road High Crompton and Rochdale Road High Crompton/Rushcroft Road/North Downs Road/Grampian Way/Duchess Street/Cowie Street/Smallbrook Road/Milnrow Road/Crompton Way/Rochdale Road High Crompton.

Changes to bus services – 353/354 and new 355, and the 402

Changes effective 3 or 4 September


Following a number of requests from local councillors and residents Service 402 was revised to additionally serve the Thornham area in January 2017.

As part of this change the service was revised to no longer serve Grasmere Road in Royton. Following feedback it is proposed to make a further revision to reinstate the service along Grasmere Road by removing it from Firbank Road, Fir Lane and Dogford Road.

Service 408 maintains an hourly daytime service along Fir Lane and Dogford Road. Residents on Firbank Road will be a maximum distance of 340 metres from hourly services 402 & 408 and frequent service 409 which maintain links to Royton, Royal Oldham Hospital and Oldham town centre.

353/354 and 355

Services 353 and 354 provide a combined hourly service on Sunday daytimes between Ashton and Uppermill.

Between Mossley and Uppermill the services follow different routes via Grasscroft (353) or Greenfield (354).

It was agreed to replace these two services with new service 355 which would operate every two hours but extend beyond Uppermill to Denshaw, via Delph providing new Sunday daytime links.

The replacement of Sunday daytime services 353 and 354 with service 355 will enable extra running time to be given to Ashton local services 38, 41 and 345 which currently interwork with services 353/354.

There are no changes proposed to the Monday to Saturday daytime services 353 and 354.

It was agreed to replace the Sunday daytime journeys on services 353 and 354 with new service 355.

For some time usage on the Sunday daytime services 353 and 354 has been very low – on average less than 4 passengers per trip.

It is proposed to completely revising the routes to maintain service between Ashton, Mossley and Uppermill (reduced from hourly to every 2 hours) but extending the service to provide new Sunday links to residents of Greenfield (Shaw Hall Bank Road, Carr Lane), Dobcross Village, Delph (Palin Wood Road) and Denshaw.

Stockport Road and Mossley Road (between Mossley and Uppermill) would no longer be served, however, usage on this section is extremely low – a sample survey showed a total of 3 passenger trips across 8 Sunday daytime journeys. All affected passengers can use Saddleworth Local Link as an alternative. Greenfield village would no longer be served by this proposal (service 354) however links to Ashton, Mossley and Uppermill are maintained by hourly service 350.

This proposal ties in with the Total Transport project which aims to improve transport links in the Saddleworth area.


The closure originally planned for Thursday and Friday last week has had to be postponed due to inclement weather.

The road will now be closed on Monday 3 July instead when the bulk of the surfacing work and associated work should be completed.  The road will be open to traffic on Tuesday 4 July but stop/go boards may be in operation at various locations along the road if required.

Micro-plastics Pollution not a Micro Problem

The Leader of the Opposition and of the Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, has expressed his disappointment that Council officers have yet to formally respond to his call to reduce the pollution caused by the micro-plastics in road paint.

Last month, Councillor Sykes wrote to Helen Lockwood, the Council’s Executive Director Economy, Skills & Neighbourhoods drawing her attention to research late last year by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

The Centre reported that Britain’s rivers and lakes are being polluted with micro-plastics from the paint used to lay out road markings.  Researchers looked at four sites in the Thames Valley.  In the most polluted site they found a significant proportion of pollution believed to have derived from plastic paint washed from road surfaces.

Commenting Councillor Sykes said: “I am aware that Councils are required to use British Standard road marking paint to adhere to strict road safety specifications, but I would like to be assured that we are doing what we can to reduce this pollution as it appears to have real potential to impact on aquatic life and habitats in this Borough.

“I know that the Local Government Association is considering this matter and we should be supporting their efforts to persuade Government and manufacturers to reduce the use of micro-plastics in such paint and develop safe alternatives so that our environment is not damaged in the interests of road safety.”


Diversion plan: church road shaw – 29 june plan

See attached details for the closure of Church Road, Shaw for 2 days commencing Thursday 29 June to carry out carriageway resurfacing work in the form of micro asphalt.  this process is weather dependent but it is hoped that the majority of the work can be completed on the Thursday.  The road will be closed between 9am – 4pm daily.

Friday is refuse collection day for the Shaw area and I have been assured that Waste Management have been informed and are fully aware.  Refuse collection vehicles will be accommodated on the day.

Shaw and Crompton Family Fun weekend this weekend 24 and 25 June

Fun and events for all ages and the whole family.

Please note Market Street will be closed during the day over the weekend and some additional parking restrictions will be in place to accommodate the Fair and other activities.

The Car Rally is on Sunday on Market Street and the drive round Shaw and Crompton takes place between 12noon and 1.00pm.

This event is marshalled and some minor disruption to traffic can be expected for short period at various junctions on the route.

If you see the ‘convoy’ give them a wave or a toot on your horn, which I am sure they will appreciate.